After a 3rd place in 2018 and 2019, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has now won first prize in the Strade Bianche. With an attack on the last white gravel strip, he won the Italian top match. The Italian (Formolo) and the German champion (Schachmann) bites in the dust.
The 14th edition of the Strade Bianche in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Almost everyone scans their competitors, but no one blows up the elite group completely. Wout van Aert does that at Le Tolfe, the last white hurdle of the day. He pulls himself off powerfully and solos to Siena.
- Winner of the day: On July 19, 2019, the Tour de France of Wout van Aert ended after a terrible fall in the time trial in Pau. There were a lot of doubts and question marks, but Van Aert wipes them off the table with his own hands today.
- Winner of the day (2): The course, tens! What a relief it was to be able to watch cycling again. Of course there are also losers today, but that is relative after the past months and after such a day in the heat and dust.
Impressive Wout van Aert triumphs in Siena:
Fuglsang dynamizes the course 50 kilometers from the finish
Although the Strade Bianche remained closed for a long time, it soon became clear that this sweltering edition would be one long dropout race and wear battle.
With an injection, Alaphilippe and Van der Poel opened the final at 80 kilometers from the finish, but 30 kilometers later – including after a bad luck – the two favorites parked completely.
They had no answer to the blow from Fuglsang, last year’s runner-up. The Dane was very generous in his effort and suddenly stood for a solo of no less than 50 kilometers.
Did he use his mind or did Fuglsang (already then) feel that his tank was not filled enough? The Dane was let in by 5 playmates: Van Aert, Van Avermaet, Bettiol, Schachmann and Formolo.
Fugslang thins out “the pack”
Van Aert skips to victory with one blistering acceleration
The elite group was sculpted and moved like exhausted miners to the last gravel strips.
Almost everyone threw a trump card on the table, with one constant: an alert and fresh Van Aert was never surprised.
The natural selection nevertheless continued and Van Avermaet was the first protagonist to turn off the lights.
So he did not see from a lodge how Van Aert popped everyone mercilessly out of the wheel on the last sector – 13 kilometers from the finish.
The Belgian time trial champion no longer looked back and steamed alone towards Siena. Schachmann and Formolo were the biggest burden, but they also had to bow their heads humbly.
Van Aert’s victory was no longer threatened, on the contrary. Just over a year after that miserable fall in the Tour de France, Van Aert (25) translated his great love for this race into a resounding victory.
Ironclad Van Aert pops everyone out:
And holds on to the final climb: